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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Burgers 

BOO KOO BBQ 3701 Banks St., 202-4741; Appetizers include deep fried truffle mac-and-cheese balls. The Boo Koo Burger is made with a ground brisket patty topped with a boudin patty and pepper Jack cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Cash only. $

BUD'S BROILER Citywide; These burger joints keep it simple. Get a char-broiled hamburger topped with signature smoky hickory sauce. French fries can be topped with chili or cheese or both. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Some locations accept credit cards. $

THE COMPANY BURGER 4600 Freret St., 267-0320; The house specialty at this burger joint is the namesake Company Burger, assembled with two patties, bread-and-butter pickles, American cheese and red onions. Diners also can opt for lamb or turkey burgers, hot dogs made by Cochon Butcher or pork belly corndogs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I RESTAURANT Citywide; The Smoking Ring burger is topped with barbecue sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, cheese and a fried onion ring and is served with fries. The barbecue rib and chicken combo includes half a rack of ribs, a char-broiled mesquite chicken breast, salad, coleslaw, Texas toast, baked beans and a choice of potato or vegetable. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR 4437 Magazine St., 891-6105 The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Cajun spices and hot sauce and served with fries or onion rings. The jalapeno poppers are battered and fried cheese-stuffed peppers. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

PHIL'S GRILL 1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 305-1705; 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080; The Zapp-alaya Basin burger features a Zapp's potato chips-crusted chicken breast topped with Swiss cheese, house-made jalapeno aioli, tomato, a pickle and red onion on a jalapeno bun. Burgers can be customized with choices from 19 sauces, 18 toppings and seven cheeses. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PORT OF CALL 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120; Port of Call is known for burgers featuring thick half-pound patties served with a baked potato laden with sour cream, cheese and bacon bits. For a side item, order mushrooms sauteed with wine and garlic. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

TRU BURGER 8115 Oak St., 218-7285; This burger joint offers Angus beef and vegetarian patties topped with cheddar, American and Swiss cheeses, grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, avocado, jalapenos or a fried egg. Hot dogs, corn dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, french fries and milkshakes also are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $


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